The Jembe Instrument The jembe is a West African hand drum used for entertainment and special cultural ceremonies. The name of the instrument is allegedly a Mali contraction of a phrase meaning “everyone come together,” in Bamanakan . It is traditionally played by West African men, often to accompany female singers and dancers. The jembe is a very spiritual instrument. Its wooden body has the shape of a chalice, or elaborate drinking cup, perfect for placing between one’s knees for drumming in a sitting position. Or, the performer can wear a strap around his neck connected to the jembe , and stand while playing. For joyous performances like weddings, the infectious spirit of a jembe ensemble will produce rhythms that make sitting still...The end:
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